Five Tips to Avoid Stressful Holiday Travel

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, December 19, 2013

holiday travel

It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year. Travelers from all over the globe are packing their bags to see their loved ones during the holiday season. With these five tips for avoiding a stressful trip, your holidays are sure to be bright and cheerful!

1. Pre-Pack

Don’t put off packing your suitcases until your departure day. Packing in a rush can cause you to forget important items and will leave you scrambling for replacements during your trip. Use a packing app, like Packing Pro, on your smart phone or tablet to ensure that you bring along everything you need.

2. Extra Luggage

It’s wise to pack an empty bag or two to bring home any gifts or goodies you picked up on your trip. This is especially helpful if you’re traveling with children who are bound to get holiday presents from friends and relatives. If you don’t want to travel with extra luggage, schedule some time to visit a local post office before you leave town to ship any extra packages back home.

3. Transporting Gifts

Traveling with gifts can be a challenge, especially if you’re flying. The easiest solution is to give cash, gift cards, or experiences (like a Romance Package at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel) that can be easily given to the recipient in an easy-to-pack envelope. You can also purchase gifts online and have them sent directly to your holiday destination. If you do plan on flying with gifts, you should wait to wrap them until you get to your destination, as TSA agents may request to look inside the package, which will ruin your pretty gift wrapping. Whether you’re flying or driving, make sure that any fragile items are packed tightly in their boxes to avoid damage during transportation.

4. Managing Travel Expectations

Whether you’re traveling home to see family or heading off to a tropical destination to sightsee, you need to manage your travel expectations. As much as you and your travel companions would like to see everyone and do everything, it is important to be realistic about your schedule. Plan and agree on an itinerary in advance. This will help you avoid overbooking and last-minute planning, which will only cost you time and aggravation and detract from your holiday experience.

5. Technology to the Rescue

Use your smart phone or tablet to cut back on your travel stress. For example, you can forget hauling heavy holiday books for the kids when you download a few book apps. You can also borrow a variety of adult, pre-teen, or children’s books with ease from the Read It & Return Lending Library in your Country Inns & Suites hotel. If you or your little ones don’t finish your books before the end of your stay, you can take them home and return them during your next visit to a Country Inns & Suites hotel.

Cooking and planning meals on the road can also be a challenge. Consider downloading the Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide for a memorable meal. Giada de Laurentiis’s Digital Weekly is a great app for finding a variety of recipes, tips, and tricks. If you are cooking for vegetarians, download the Vegetarian How to Cook Everything app.

Need a mental break? Download a meditation app, like Calm or Yoga Relax.

Traveling for the holidays does not need to be a stressful experience. With a little planning, consideration, and some help from technology, you’re bound to have a joyful trip to remember for seasons to come.

Where are your travel plans taking you this holiday season?